Raymond Eugene Cushing

Raymond CushingRaymond Eugene Cushing, 60, of Bloomington, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 4pm at Heartland Health Care, Normal, Illinois. Cremation rites were accorded.

He was born January 27, 1956 in Bloomington, a son of George W. and Marijane Woodward Cushing. Ray attended Bloomington Schools and worked most of his life as a chef, including many years at the Ozark House and most recently at IWU.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his long-time best friend, Calvin “Shorty” Gaston.

Ray is survived by seven brothers and sisters; Sara Cushing, Bloomington; George (Linda) Cushing, Rio Verde, AZ; Robert (Karen) Cushing, Normal; Theresa (Craig) Erikson, Benton Harbor, Michigan; Mary Cushing Resch, Springfield; Carol (Margo Chaney) Cushing, Urbana; and Tony (Kathy) Cushing, Bloomington; and by his life-long friend, Janet Goble of San Pablo, CA. Nine nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews also survive.

Ray loved music and was also a voracious reader, saving years of back issues of National Geographic. His inquisitive mind and varied interests led to many lively conversations with friends and family.

The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Dr. Pramern Sriratana; the nurses, aides and staff of Heartland Health Care; and the nurses and volunteers of St. Joseph Hospice for their care of Ray in his final battle with lung cancer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, 711 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation and a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 12:30-2pm at Beck Memorial Home. A luncheon will follow. Burial will be private.

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Robert Darrell “Bob” Rotramel

RotramelRobert Darrell “Bob” Rotramel, 72, of Bloomington, died at 7:05 p.m. Thursday (July 14, 2016) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Pastor Jason Collins will officiate. There will be a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016 at the memorial home. Interment will take place in Funks Grove Cemetery, McLean. Military rites will be directed by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

He was born July 16, 1943, to his mother, Frances Rotramel Johnson, and was raised by Ella and Ernie Rotramel. He married Elizabeth Griffieth. He later married Patricia Jenkins. She preceded him in death. He then married Lisa Anderson. She also preceded him in death, as well as one infant son and two grandchildren, Krystal Bethe Rotramel and Aurora Lynn Baize.

He is survived by seven children, Robert (Regi) Rotramel, Downs; Bryan Rotramel, El Paso; Bobi Jo Rotramel, Bloomington; Jodi Hilton, Bloomington; Mellissa Baize, Bloomington; Joseph (Jenny) Baize, Ludlow; and Mary (Mason) Bicknell, Bloomington; 20 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, as well as several brothers and sisters in Missouri, and many extended family members in the Bloomington-Normal area.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was a self-employed businessman in the area all his life. Most recently he owned and operated Bob’s Blue Nite in Bloomington.

He enjoyed his family and friends and loved Harley Davidson motorcycles. Someone stated it best when they said, “He was gruffy on the outside but had the biggest heart in the world.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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Kenneth D. Smith

KenSmithKenneth D. Smith, 94 of Bloomington, IL passed away at 6:05 pm on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

Visitation will be from 11—12Noon on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home. His service will follow the visitation at 12Noon at Beck Memorial Home on Wednesday. A private inurnment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL.

Surviving are his children, Lennie Ann Marek; and Brian (Joyce) Smith; three step-children, Darlene Treat, Bloomington, IL; Curtis (Erin) Trnka, Brandon, FL; and Cindy (Duane) Wells, Ellsworth, IL. Also surviving are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Julene Lewis, and his wife Lorene Smith.

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Rebecca Sue “Becky” Monkman

RebeccaMonkmanRebecca Sue “Becky” Monkman, 65 of Normal, IL, passed away at 6:18 pm on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington IL.

There will be a celebration of life service from 2:30 PM-6:00 PM Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Lakeside Country Club 1201 Croxton Ave, Bloomington IL with a sharing of memories and a prayer service at 3:30 PM. The family suggests memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or the O.S.F. St. Joseph Medical Center Fondation. Cremation services provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Becky was born April 5, 1951 in Marshall Michigan the daughter of Jewelle Miller. She married John “Jack” Thomas Monkman Jr. on Sept. 7, 1969. He passed away September 20, 2014.

Surviving are two Children, Jay (Amy) Monkman, Carlsbad, CA; and Melissa (Daniel) Volk, Bloomington, IL; three grandchildren, Daniel, Jacob and Logan Volk, Bloomington, IL; one sister, Sharon McCauley, Bloomington, IL; and aunt, Joy Wall, Bloomington, IL. She is preceded in death by her mother.

Becky graduated from Bloomington High School. She had worked for the City of Bloomington for over 30 years. Becky enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She will be missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank the staff at OSF in the family care center for the care and compassion shown to Becky and her family.

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Wilbur D. Klink

WilburKlinkWilbur D. Klink
, 81 of Bloomington died at 7:19 PM on Sunday June 12, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

There will be a memorial service for Wilbur on Friday June 17, 2016 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Rev. Billy Newell will officiate. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Private inurnment will be later at Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum in Bloomington. Military rites will be performed by the Bloomington – Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Wilbur was born August 1, 1934 in Bloomington to August and Marie Ihrcke Klink. He married Irene Robbins on July 29, 1960 in Bloomington. She preceded him in death on August 31, 1997 in Bloomington. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Walter and William Klink.

Wilbur is survived by one daughter Judith (John) Marietta of Davenport, Florida, two grandchildren, Antoinette Davis of Pittsburgh, PA and Sean (Meagan) Davis of Russellville, AK, and three sisters Betty Lamb of Geneseo, Barbara (Robert) Lyons of Green Valley and Margaret Altine of Bloomington.

Wilbur proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Wilbur was past president of McLean County Antique Car Club, The Over the Hill Motor Cycle Club and was Founder of V8 Ford Club in Bloomington and was also active in the Central Illinois Regional V8 Ford Club in Peoria.

He worked many years as a mechanic for Meeker Auto Parts in Bloomington and later for Union Camp Corporation in Bloomington. His passion was mechanical work and restoring vehicles. He loved restoring 1940 Fords and restored every body style from that year. Wilbur won many awards from restoring cars over the years. He also loved working on everything from lawn mowers to Volvo for his family and friends. Everyone was always welcome at his garage.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran School.

His skillful hands, words of wisdom, and kind assistance to all who passed through his life will be missed by all.

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Jackson “Jack” T. Harsha

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Jackson “Jack” T. Harsha, 89 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away peacefully with his loving family surrounding him on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 2:02pm at Heritage Health Care of Bloomington, Illinois.

Jack’s service will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 10am at First Christian Church of Bloomington with Pastor Jim Warren officiating. Following the service he will be entombed at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington with Military honors conducted by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1-3pm at Beck Memorial Home. Memorials may be made to the VFW Post 454 Bloomington or American Cancer Society.


Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Jackson HarshaJack was born on March 27, 1927 in Normal, Illinois, the son of Frank and Hannissa A. Hutcheson Harsha. He married Mary Leonard on June 1, 1949 in Peoria, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his children; Sandra (Doug) Haas of Bloomington and Kristi Bayne of Normal, grandchildren; Brian (Francine) Haas and Kelsey Bayne and 1 brother; William (Joann) Harsha of Florida. He is preceded by his parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters.

Jack started his career at age 16 with the Williams Oil-O-Matic Heating Co. later known as Eureka-Williams Company. He worked for 45 years for the company retiring in 1989.

Jack was a proud and dedicated Sergeant 1st Class serving in WWII and Korean War. While serving overseas in Berlin, Germany he was a decorated Train Commander on the “Dreamliner” (Transport Division Rail Omgus) and also played football for the “Fighting Thirteenth” Berlin Bears Football Team.

He was a member of First Christian Church of Bloomington, VFW Post 454, American Legion Post 56 Bloomington and Post 635 Normal, Forty and Eight Society and the IAOM Union.

Jack never met a stranger and loved golfing, fishing, camping and was known as the ultimate jokester. He also was an avid and ardent fan, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.

Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family. His family would always hear him say “All good things come from Heaven”.

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Judi Ann Schirer

Judi Ann Schirer, 56 of Normal, IL passed away at 5:25 AM on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Heartland Healthcare, Normal IL.

A private family service will be 10:00 AM Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Interment will be at Hopewell Cemetery, Downs, IL. Rev. Steve Evans will be officiating.

Surviving is her Mother, Jean Schirer, Normal, IL.

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Jane Nygood Plum

JanePlumJane Nygood Plum, 92 of Normal, IL, passed away at 2:00am at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL on May 1, 2016.

Services will be at 11:30am on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Church 1613 East Emerson Street, Bloomington, IL 61701. Rev. Lynnda White will officiate. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, 423 North Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761; The Unitarian Universalist Church, 1613 East Emerson Street, Bloomington, IL 61701; or to the Moses Montefiore Temple, 102 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington, IL 61701. Cremation services were provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Jane was born on February 5, 1924 in New York City, NY., the daughter of Samuel C. and Hannah Harriet Levi Nygood. She married Abram Marcellus Plum in 1955; he preceded her in death in 2002.

Surviving is her son, Marc A. Plum, Woodbury, CT.

She trained in ballet, modern dance, and Spanish dance in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Ballet Theater School, and the Robert Joffrey School. Jane performed professionally in the touring companies of “The Merry Widow”, “Brigadoon”, and “Finian’s Rainbow”.

In New York City she danced in a production of “Good News” at the “Equity Library Theater”, also with many modern dance companies in concerts throughout the city.

Moving to Bloomington, IL in 1965, she began teaching ballet at the Y.W.C.A., was a founding member of the Twin City Dance Association and the Twin City Ballet. She performed there as Grandmother, in the “Nutcracker, witch in “La Sylphide”, and nurse in “Romeo and Juliet”.

Several of her students became professional dancers.

As choreographer she created “Young Concert Dancers”, a children’s performing group. She with other dancers participated in Abram M. Plum’s faculty recitals at Illinois Wesleyan University using his compositions, here and elsewhere.

Jane also performed and choreographed musicals at Community Players Theatre, and was a member of “Young at Heartland” senior acting group.

Jane has a conferred Bachelor of Art Degree from Northwestern State University, Louisiana; and her Masters in Arts in French, from Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

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Laverna Marie Kearfott

Laverna Marie Kearfott, 83, of Pawnee, IL, formerly of Bloomington, IL, passed away at 3:27am at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL on May, 1, 2016.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Services will be on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11:00am at the memorial home with Rev. Gary Ballard officiating. Interment will be at the Hinthorn Cemetery, Lake Bloomington, IL.

Surviving are two children; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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John Norman Bagosy Jr.

BagosyphotoJohn Norman Bagosy Jr. 67, of Normal passed away at 1:10 PM on Sunday April 24, 2016 at Heritage Health in Normal after a forty year battle with cancer.
There will be a funeral service for John at 10 am on Friday April 29, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Andy Johnson will officiate.

Visitation will be held for John Thursday April 28, 2016 at the funeral home from 5-¬7 pm. Interment will take place at Funks Grove Cemetery in McLean.
Military rites will be conducted by both active duty Army and the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

John was born March 19, 1949 in Bloomington to John Norman and June Lawson Bagosy. He married Kathryn Sue Biscart on August 12, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She preceded him in death on October 18, !984 in Phoenix, Arizona. He later married Tonda Coone in Peoria. She resides in Normal and he was blessed to have her in his life.

He is also survived by four children, Marcy (Thomas) Cavalier of Enterprise, Alabama, John Norman (Lori) Bagosy III of Scottsdale, AZ, Myles Martinson of Nashville, TN and Scarcey (Tom) Card of Danville, IL as well as two grandchildren Carson and Cameron Cavalier. He is also survived by one sister Tina Roberts of Minier, a niece Christen Roberts of Chicago and a nephew Jesse Roberts of Watertown, New York.

After high school John served six years in the United States Army serving two tours of duty in Vietnam where he served with the 68th Assault Helicopter Company as a door gunner. He was awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with the Bronze Star, Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He then returned to the States where he was a drill sergeant for two years at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. In 1973 he was honorably discharged having reached the rank of staff sergeant. He was a true Patriot and loved his country dearly.

After the military he started his real estate career with Century 21 Baumgart and Sopper where he was awarded the Top Associate of the Year Award in 1978. He enjoyed a career in real estate for 25 years. John attended Eastview Christian Church in Normal and was a past member of the American Pilots Association, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of both the local VFW and American Legion. He was also a member of the National Association of Realtors and a member of the Bloomington Normal Association of Realtors. John enjoyed participating in the Patriot Guard Riders and truly loved telling stories about his life, riding his Harley and traveling.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bloomington Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

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